It's the food your great-grandmother served -
food as nature intended:
local, organic, and non-processed. 

 

 


As opposed to packaged processed food far from its natural state, REAL food is pulled from the ground, plucked from a tree, or found on a farm.  REAL food does not contain non-food ingredients, such as:
 
1.Genetically Modified Organisms
2.Hormones, Antibiotics, Pesticides
3.Partially Hydrogenated Fats
4.High-Fructose Corn Syrup
5.Artificial Colors, Flavors and Preservatives
 
Examples of REAL food include: grass-fed meat, pastured poultry and eggs, wild fish, raw dairy, sprouted whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and organic locally grown fruits and vegetables. 
 

Most of the food on the grocery store shelves! Fake food is highly processed and far from it’s natural state.  Your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize most of it! The meat is from animals raised on factory farms under poor living conditions – not eating their natural diet, not having enough space to move around, or even see the sun shine. These animals are filled with antibiotics, steroids, and imbalanced hormones which are then consumed by your child.
 
Fake food includes most farm-raised fish, along with heavily sprayed and genetically modified fruits and vegetables. Don't forget about processed grains! They're also fake, since they have been stripped of their nutrients and then combined with toxic ingredients like vegetable oils, bromines, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Your child is likely bombarded by processed grains daily - in breads, crackers, cookies, muffins, cereals and yes PASTA.
 
In between Fake and REAL food is Bridging food. Bridging foods are closer to their natural state but have been grown, raised or processed in a way that is less than optimal. These are the foods that help us deal with obstacles – not enough time, not enough money, not enough access to REAL food and the disconnect some parents have about whether REAL food really makes a difference in their child’s health.  Bridging foods help parents walk across the bridge from fake food to REAL food.  
 
The Bridging Food category includes organic but grain-fed meats and poultry.  It includes organic dairy and eggs that come from grain-fed animals, as well as conventional fruits and vegetables.  Also included in the Bridging category are legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains that haven’t been prepared properly (soaked and/or sprouted).  
 
Bridging foods are better for your child than fake foods because they aren’t filled with so many harmful ingredients, but they also don’t nourish your child for great health.  A local organic apple, with the peel on, is an example of a REAL food.  It has the enzymes, fiber and phytonutrients that support health.  The opposite of that would be the fake fruit chews that are marketed toward children – a big apple on the front of the box, but when you read the ingredients, there really is no apple in there.  Just a bunch of sugar, usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors.  In between those two examples is the bridging example: organic store-bought applesauce with just cinnamon and vitamin C added. The skin has been removed – which means less fiber and nutrition (phytonutrients) – and it’s been heated which destroys enzymes.  But, it’s not loaded with junk.  It’s a better option than the fake fruit chew.
 
 
Food is your child’s fuel. It’s what his cells are built on and consequently his organs. Scientists who study the field of epigenetics tell us that what our children eat today will not only affect their health, but also their children’s (aka your grandchildren’s) health.

As a parent you have the opportunity to set up future generations for optimal health by what you choose to feed your child today.
 
 
There are so many mixed messages about what you should feed your child. And, there are so many products on the grocery store shelves that are geared toward children.  As parents we want to be able to trust that if the food is on the shelf it’s good for our children. Unfortunately that’s not the case.  The majority of the food on the grocery store shelf not only doesn’t give your child’s body the right nutrition, it harms your child’s body with non-food ingredients, such as:
 
1.Genetically Modified Organisms
2.Hormones, Antibiotics, Pesticides
3.Partially Hydrogenated Fats
4.High-Fructose Corn Syrup
5.Artificial Colors, Flavors and Preservatives
 
Feeding your family food as close to its natural state as possible comes from a conscious decision to prioritize your family’s health. It does not have to cost a lot more, but it does take time to plan, shop and prep food each week. If this is new to you, just take one step at a time. Add in one new REAL food each week or focus on snacks, drinks or one meal each week.  Make manageable changes that will stick and use this chart as you learn which foods are REAL, Bridging and Fake.
 
Just like a car needs the right fuel to run properly, your child needs the right fuel to thrive.
Stop the fake foods! Eat REAL.
 

Angelle Batten, MEd. is a Holistic Health & Parenting Coach and co-founder of get REAL for kids™. She teaches parents how to feed their children REAL food and parent in a more connected way every day - so despite a crazy busy life they can raise healthier, happier children who make the world a better place.

Susan McCreadie, MD is a Holistic Pediatrician and co-founder of get REAL for kids™. She shows parents how to find REAL health for their child, so they can stop treating their child's symptoms and instead find solutions that help their child heal from the inside out.

 

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